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    For me it was instinctual. I felt rhythm from a very young age. It wasn't any one song or seeing someone play live. I just knew that I wanted to play drums as if it was brought over from a previous life or something. There's that saying, "I didn't choose it, it chose me" which I can identify with. I would play drum fills to a song in mid air. I just knew I could do it. I started asking for a drumset when I was about 9 years old but it would take many years before my parents bought me one. Then, I started learning beats and practicing to records. And the rest, as they say, is history.

    What about you?

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    Damn good question Tom. Wish I had a good answer for you.

    When Topsy Pt 2 came out I had been playing for about 2 years and when Let There Be Drums came out I had been playing for about 5 years. Obviously it was something I heard but I can't tell you what.
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    Tom, I am like you. I was always banging on stuff at home.Got hollered at in school for "soloing" on the desk with pencils. Got a set of bongos and drove my family crazy. When I was 13 I got my first real drums. Been playing ever since.
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    I saw all the bands from the British invasion.
    How come every band had multiple guitars and singers but they needed this one guy behind the kit driving the whole machine?
    I thought the drummer had the coolest job.....I watched with detail every move from Watts, Ringo, and Dave Clark, along with many others.
    There was an older kid on the next street in our neighborhood that got a set of drums....all I remember is that they were red sparkle Luddies.
    He would let me play around and we got to where we learned some songs playing along to 45rpm records.....I was pretty sure I was learning more and learning quicker than he was.
    For my 11th birthday, my Dad got me an old used set of Slingys....gold and black duco....I think they were probably late 1950s vintage.
    The bass drum was single-tension....I had a 16FT and a 5X14 snare with a 22 inch ride cymbal....that's it.
    No rack tom....no hats....no crash.
    I played those drums until they fell apart.....literally.
    8 or 9 years after that first set arrived, I bought myself a used (olive/blue badge) set of Luddies.......and four short years later, I found myself as a student in music school and the Luddies were traded in when I ordered my Gretsch USA shells that I still play regularly.........will have had them 45 years on this August 26th.
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    For me it was a Beverley kit that was given to me by my uncle when I was 11 years old. He could not play them because they lived in an apartment. Previously, he had one of those really cheap-o kits with paper like heads that lasted like 5 minutes. Later he acquired a champagne sparkle Beverley kit. I think it was bop sized. This prompted me to start taking lessons and the bug bit me where I’d play on them hours a day. I would wear head phones and play along to tunes. Sometimes I’d put the record on 16 speed to try and figure out certain fills…etc. Wish I still had that kit. Had to sell it to pay for a friends car I had crashed for repair bill.

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    Always wanted to but we were much to poor as a child growing up, then I spent 10 years on Submarines and ya know making noise is kind of frowned upon in that job : ).. Then I got married had a little one and was working 12-14 hrs 5-6 days a week. So Finally at 40yrs of age the stars lined up and I got my 1st kit (sonor 3003) and took my 1st of many lessons. That was 16 years ago and I have loved just about every minute of it. Currently have a fractured left hand so not being able to play for a fe weeks really sucks.
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    For me it was the Beatles and Ringo. That is not very original, but that is how it is. Peace and goodwill.
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    Self preservation.
    Went to a rough middle school filled with future felons and inbred knuckle draggers.
    Being in the band meant you could hide out from the general population(prison yard) in the band room at lunch periods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgm554 View Post
    Self preservation.
    Went to a rough middle school filled with future felons and inbred knuckle draggers.
    Being in the band meant you could hide out from the general population in the band room at lunch periods.
    Wow, that's bad! I can't imagine having to grow up in that atmosphere. Sorry man... but at least it brought you to drums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickthedrummer View Post
    Obviously it was something I heard but I can't tell you what.
    I think that's the internal instinct that guides us almost supernaturally. It's what makes artists pick up a brush and writers pick up a pencil. That old saying, "I didn't choose it, it chose me" comes to mind. For some reason, we just no we can do it, and we start doing it.

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    I remember thugs shaking down Colaiuta for money in the cafeteria.
    One of the characters that sat behind me was straight out of Deliverance.
    Of the folks that bullied me ,at least 3 were charged with homicide later on in their lives.
    One murdered his wife @18 and tried to burn the body,another DUI homicide and the 3rd, drug dealer robbery

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgm554 View Post
    I remember thugs shaking down Colaiuta for money in the cafeteria.
    One of the characters that sat behind me was straight out of Deliverance.
    Of the folks that bullied me ,at least 3 were charged with homicide later on in their lives.
    That's crazy! Wait, you mean Vinnie Colaiuta? You went to the same school as him?

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    It was Redstone Jr high in Republic PA.
    And yup ,same person.
    I remember the thugs name ,Bill Moody.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgm554 View Post
    It was Redstone Jr high in Republic PA.
    And yup ,same person.
    I remember the thugs name ,Bill Moody.
    I hope he gets what's coming to him. Did you ever confront him later in life?

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    My best guess is he is lost in the correctional system or dead.
    Public school is an odd institution in PA.
    Most of these folks graduated despite having less than a 1.0 grade average.
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